Animal Farm by George Orwell

animal farm

I read this a while back. I can’t even remember. Before Christmas?

Because I went to a french school, I missed out on a lot of those classic junior high – high school english books. Animal farm was one of them.

This book was so small it took me one night to read it front to back and I was very surprised. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just knew it was popular so I went for it. Now I understand why everyone does this book in high school and such. It was great!

It would be so easy to find some great materials for a book report. This is definitely a read between the lines kind of book.

I’m not going to spoil too much of the story but basically it’s about the animals on a farm that are fed up with being just that. They want to own the farm, run it themselves. So they do just that. Things happen obviously… The animal’s true colours started to show and things don’t go as planned… Those damn pigs.

It was a great book!

I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10. Good book. Not my go to style but easy to read and understand. Litterally anyone can bond over this book.

After You By Jojo Moyes

After YouAfter You is the sequel to the book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and for some reason, I was completely unaware that it was going to be released.  So, when I found out about it just a few weeks before its release date, I was excited!

Now before I tell you my own personal thoughts about this book, you should really go out there and read Me Before You, or any of her other books. She’s a fabulous author and you’re sure to fall in love with her. I do hope she continues the way she’s going, because I’m loving every minute of it.

Moving on,  I began reading After You not really sure about how the story would unravel because of the way the previous book had ended. What could possibly be added to Louisa’s story. Sure enough, Jojo Moyes threw in a major plot twist that continued to keep you hooked on the story. I can’t say what and I can’t say how, but something happened that changed Louisa’s world forever, again!  The story was fantastic, easy to understand, the content was well distributed so you were never sitting through boring chapters, wishing the darn thing would just end already. That’s partially why I love this author though, her writing is just so clear and to the point.  No need to bust your brain to try and understand what she is talking about. And most importantly, not boring! Because I have a hard time as it is finding an Adult Fiction book that I can fall in love with instantly.

So please, if you haven’t done so already, read Me Before You. Or any of Jojo Moyes’ book. I’m serious! You’ll love them!

Ouu I almost forgot to mention that Me Before You is going to be a movie soon, and I can tell you now, it’s going to be a tear jerker. And with the way After You was written, I can totally see it being turned into a movie as well.

I’ll be giving this book a 9 out of 10. Because it was fantastic but not nearly as jaw dropping as the first one. Now go out there and find yourself a copy. I wasn’t joking. Do it! Just do it!

The Radley’s by Matt Haig

theradleysI’d been eyeing this book on the shelf for a long time. Seeing as I loved the Humans by Matt Haig I really wanted to try something else to see what it was like. I ended up buying the book on a whim and it took me a long time to finish it due to a busy schedule, oh and Netflix.

The Radleys was good. It’s located in the horror section so I was expecting a little more you know, horror? And that really didn’t happen. Which I am totally fine with. But I liked this book and I wasn’t let down with Matt Haig’s work.

The story is about this modern family that goes about their daily lives in a small town and they try to fit in. As the book starts, you find out that Peter and Helen’s marriage isn’t doing so well. And that their kids are victims of extreme bullying at school. But the real culprit here was blood. They were all vampires and they were abstaining themselves of blood. The worst part? The kids didn’t even know they were vampires. It had been a secret to them until something happens… and I won’t go on and ruin the rest of the story for you guys.

If you’re looking for a real horror story don’t read this, because it wasn’t really that terrifying. Matt Haig is great though, I love the way he writes. His chapters usually aren’t that long and they are always to the point. There is never any baloney in there. You don’t waste your time reading useless information that has no relation to the actual story. His work is clear precise and clever. I love it. I just breeze right through his novels and love every minute of it.

I still think my favorite out of the two is The Humans, but that’s probably because it was so original and unique.

I will be giving this title a 8 out of 10. Still great but not perfect. Everyone seriously go read this guy.

Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

hectorI haven’t done one of these in a long time but trust me, I am still reading. I’m actually trying to read all the books that I own which may be possible if I stop buying books!

Hector and the Search for Happiness has been a book that I had been meaning to read for a long time. It’s a relatively short book that I ended up finishing in no time at all.

It’s about a psychiatrist named Hector, who is going on a worldwide trip to try and determine what the key to happiness is. Throughout his travels, he documents his thoughts and discoveries while meeting new people and discovering what makes them happy. He jots down all the lessons he’s learned.

To be straight honest with you, It was a fairly simple book. I mean sure, he meets interesting people and gets into interesting predicaments but all in all, the story itself was written in a very clear and simple way. But you see, that’s why I like these types of books. You learn a lot from between the lines. It makes you question your life and your surroundings. If you’ve ever read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, you’d understand what I mean by that. These kinds of stories needs to be simple in order to catch on to those hidden meanings. It also helps the messages sink in better when you don’t have to do all this concentrating on the actual story. In my opinion, this book isn’t even about Hector at all. It’s about happiness in general and Hector is just like your own personal guide to it.

I would definitely recommend this book to someone who needs a mood booster or who doesn’t want something too intense. It would also be a great recommendation for those philosophical junkies who just want to question life.

I’ll be giving this book a 8 out of 10.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

the heir

I’ll admit, when I heard this book was coming out, I squealed a little.

The Selection series was fantastic so I had high expectations with this book and definitely wasn’t disappointed with it.

The Heir is set 20 years after The One. America’s daughter will be queen one day and she has to go through a Selection to find herself a husband. Very similar to her mother, Princess Eadlyn isn’t impressed. She is very independent and thinks that no one will be suitable enough to stand next to her while the reigns.

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. While Maxon went through the whole ‘Bachelor’ type scenario, Eadlyn had the complete opposite, just like the show ‘The Bachelorette’. It was great to meet a bunch of different guys this time. I was worried that the characters would have been a little too overly perfect. Like too handsome and too gentleman like. Thankfully, they weren’t. There were all sorts of different personalities and they weren’t all perfectly chiseled men. Which makes this book easier to relate to, because I always feel bad when young adult novels, especially the ones aimed for young girls, are filled with perfect men that are almost impossible to find in the real world. False expectations are the worst and can really mess with girl’s heads.

I won’t say too much about the story line, in fear of ruining everything, but 20 years have passed and if you remember the first three books, you’ll probably remember that Maxon and America had big plans for the country, so you can only imagine how many changes have been made…

First of all, can I just mention how gorgeous all the covers are? I mean look at that dress! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for covers and I harshly judge a book by its cover. Which is bad, and I should probably stop that. Haha.

Second of all, I love how Kiera Cass has grown as an author. Her skills have improved immensely compared to the first book in the series. It’s not often that I notice a huge difference in the writing style of an author but it was very apparent for Kiera Cass, in my opinion. It was a great improvement!

I will give this book a 10 out of 10 because I loved it. Just like all the others. It was great and you should read it!

The Humans by Matt Haig

the humansFor the first time in a long time, I was part of a book club to read this book. I had heard good things about it but never thought that I would love it as much as I actually did. As we started our reading, I figured I would read it at a steady pace so to not go too far ahead of my friends. But once it came to a certain part in the book, I was obsessed, I needed to finish it as soon as possible.

The Humans by Matt Haig is a story about a mathematician named Andrew Martin who solves one of the world’s most challenging math theories. The theory was so advanced that it caught the attention of alien life forms who then decided that it would be too much for the human race to handle. So they decide to take Andrew from his home and send down an alien who will look just like him in order to destroy all evidence that Andrew Martin did indeed solve the Riemann zeta function. The alien will have to go as far as kill anyone who knew about it too.

So basically this alien, gets sent to earth with little to no knowledge about humans. He doesn’t understand the concepts like clothing, the news, love, etc. And he’s supposed to act like Andrew in order to find the information he needs. To put it bluntly, he gets into a lot of trouble and it’s a miracle how nobody saw through his disguise. They claimed he was crazy.

Later on in the book, he communicates with his supervisor aliens and they continuously tell him to stay pure and focused on the task at hand but the new Andrew Martin gets carried away in all of the human’s emotions. He discovers he can feel things and see things in a way he never knew was possible.

This is one of those books that really makes you reflect on your own life and makes you think twice about the things that surround you. It’s true, humans are a selfish species who sometimes tend to care more about themselves instead of the thousands of other species on this planet, but we learn to love wholeheartedly and we can live passionate lives without worrying about out impending death that will soon take us all. Despite our flaws, we are beautiful, smart, strong and wise.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something new and fresh. It isn’t your average sap story yet it isn’t a hardcore sci-fi novel either. If you have the chance, read it. You won’t be disappointed.

10 out of 10

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queenYou know when someone asks you what your favorite song is, and you never know what to answer because tehre are just so many songs out there that are good in their own ways. Well, I’m like that with books. It’s so hard to pick favorites because there are just so many genres and categories. Although, I this is the first time I can truly say that I have a favorite teen book. Which is kind of a big deal when you’re talking with a book lover.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has to be my favorite teen book that I’ve ever read so far.

The book takes place in a world where there are two kinds of people. The Reds, low class people with red blood who are servants and mere pawns to the Silvers. The Silvers have silver blood, they are from noble or royal families. Each Silver is gifted with an extraordinary power. From mind-reading to fire wielding, there are many different kinds of powers and it’s easy to show the Reds their place in the world. The Reds are the Silvers’ servants, they are forced to go to work and to live in horrible conditions while the Silvers live extraordinary lives full of luxury.

It’s a cruel life for Mare, a Red who, like her brothers before her, will be sent to war when she’s of age. Mare is different though, she isn’t your average Red like you and I. She has a power too! A Red with a power? It’s unheard of, so the Silvers find their own way to deal with Mare.

The book is about loyalty, power and hope. Honestly, if you like anything like Hunger Games, the Selection, Maze Runner, Divergent… you’ll absolutely love this book. It’s so freakin’ amazing! The author’s writing style is on point. It’s clear, direct but not dry so it’s perfect for both readers who are just starting out in teen or those who have been faithful teen readers for years! This will definitely be a book of the year for 2015. I started the book over a month ago and I loved it so much that I just didn’t want to finish it. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with a book either. Have you ever loved a book so much that you didn’t want to finish it?  Gah! It was so perfect!

I could just keep going on and on but I’m sure I’ll spoil something so just go to your nearest bookstore right now and buy it! I’m serious, get out there ASAP. You won’t regret it! I mean just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous! Your bookshelf needs this on it!

10000 out of 10. Because it was that good!